Freeze-up Watch 2010 (false colour) - December 20

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Satellite image: Temagami region, Wanapitei, Timiskaming, and Nipissing, ice freeze-up, December 20, 2010

Freeze-up, but ice travel unsafe

Temagami iced over on December 18. Wanapitei and Timiskaming lakes are open.

This the first time in nine days that the clouds have parted for a satellite peek.

Warm temperatures (minus 4 C today) and snow have kept the ice to two inches or less, so travel, except by airboat, has not started on Lake Temagami.

"Another really bad freeze-up," Temagami First Nation airboat driver Bob Farr said. "We just didn't get those really cold days in a row."

  BACKGROUND:   Recent freeze-up dates


Image courtesy of NASA/NOAA


Black open water or thin, clear ice
Dull/ dark blue thin ice with little or no snow cover
Bright turquoise thick ice, snow-covered ice or snow on unforested land  (e.g. clearcuts, farmland)

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